Valery Koshlyakov, collage and mixed media on canvas, 1996
With his subjects, that are often a milestone from the history of art and architecture, Koshlyakov reconstructs the transience of art traditions, culture and politics. The use of old cardboard, torn imprints and tempera are related to techniques and materials used by previous avant-gardists. The often monumental work of this Russian artist refers to the greatness of failed utopias, and this is confirmed in his work by a multitude of loose pieces of cardboard.
‘Town’ consists of architectural monuments with which he creates a new city, using a collage technique and dripping paint. A hypothetical image showing a dilapidated truth as an ironic longing for a new age.
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